Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (Evidently Rape)

Medical, legal and lay understandings of physical evidence in rape cases (EVIDENTLY RAPE) studies how physical evidence matters and can be a factor in how medical and criminal justice institutions approach the crime of rape.

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Bridging forensic medicine, law and social science EVIDENTLY RAPE will show how the production of medical and legal facts is co constitutive. Photo: Shutterstock.

EVIDENTLY RAPE is a multidisciplinary research project that explores how physical evidence is harvested, selected, tested, communicated and applied throughout the criminal justice process in cases of rape. The communication of medical knowledge and its margin of error to the police, lawyers and legal and lay judges creates numerous challenges.

EVIDENTLY RAPE is designed to generate more knowledge about this process as a form of knowledge production that necessitates the translation of various forms of knowledge. It will do so by empirically investigating what happens along every step of the way, from the scene of the crime to court, to understand how physical evidence travels, is translated and transformed through the process.

Bridging forensic medicine, law and social science EVIDENTLY RAPE will show how the production of medical and legal facts is co constitutive.

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Published Apr. 21, 2021 9:58 AM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2021 10:30 AM